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Should Screenings Be Allowed? 20 Oct 2003 08:38 #6526

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I got this headline out of Variety and as wondering how you might feel about this issue.

LA FILM CRITICS ASSN. CANCELS ANNUAL AWARDS
No screeners, no awards per crix
Making its strongest possible statement on the issue currently embroiling the Hollywood community, the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. has decided not to give its annual awards this year unless the Motion Picture Assn. of America drops its ban on screeners.




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Re: Should Screenings Be Allowed? 20 Oct 2003 09:59 #6527

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They are just trying to use alittle weight to try to get the MPAA to give in. All those critics want is to get their FREE DVD screener copies. So they can impress their friends with copies of movies that have not come out yet. Because if they are film critics, they have seen the films at special screenings the studio sets-up for them.
I handle critic and Guild screenings here in NYC. Its all about the FREE screeners.
They get paid to go see films at special screenings or at theatres. This also means they are not going to theatres to see films.

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Re: Should Screenings Be Allowed? 20 Oct 2003 12:10 #6528

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IMHO, movie critics should see and hear movies the way they were meant to be seen -- in a theatre or screening room. Home viewing is unfair to the creative artists and technicians who made the film.
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Re: Should Screenings Be Allowed? 20 Oct 2003 18:34 #6529

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Re: Should Screenings Be Allowed? 20 Oct 2003 22:41 #6530

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I also agree with you John.

No Awards, No Big Deal as far as I'm concerned.

I hope the studios don't give in. It will prove to the critics just how unimportant they ready are.

You'll see LA Film Critics reinstate their awards as that is the only thing that really gives them any real worthwhile public exposure. Without the awards most people will quickly forget that they even exist.
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Re: Should Screenings Be Allowed? 21 Oct 2003 00:07 #6531

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Here's a quote from Reuters/Hollywood Reporter questioning Jeb Bush:

"THR: YOU GO TO THE "REAL MOVIES" IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD -- YOU DON'T WATCH AT HOME?

Bush: I don't think watching at home compares; we go to the big screen. To me, personally, it's my own world: The lights go off, no one bugs you, there's good popcorn and a Diet Coke -- sign me up."

Jeb should have run for President instead of his brother.


I think NATO and individual theatre owners should tell the MPAA and the Film Critics/actors/directors'producers it's OK if they want to send out & receive the screeners, but we won't show any movie that has had a screener distributed to them.

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Re: Should Screenings Be Allowed? 21 Oct 2003 09:08 #6532

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The reality is that if there are no screeners then the lesser known pics will not get seen. John Waters lives in Baltimore and he's supposed to go to NY to see films to vote? Johnny Depp lives in south of France. Etc. Etc. This is a big deal over nada. I have no problem sending screeners. Isn't it a good test to see if you can protect digital films from piracy?

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Re: Should Screenings Be Allowed? 21 Oct 2003 16:37 #6533

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Who needs another awards show anyway. The only two shows that mean anything are the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes for film.

The rest of them are jokes.

I forgot the only other two important awards shows, the Razzies and the Stinkers.
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Re: Should Screenings Be Allowed? 21 Oct 2003 17:45 #6534

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And yet, on Thursday, I will be going to see The Matrix Revolutions. Mike, can I borrow your video camera? :wink:

A Local film festival got that whole Pinkerton Guard thing that we got at Show East. The manager told the guards that they were going to have to change their approach. This guy's theatre has 70mm capability, sound dubbers, two kinds of video projection equipment and so on. When asked, the guard admitted he had no idea what any of the equipment was.
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Re: Should Screenings Be Allowed? 22 Oct 2003 22:55 #6535

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My opinion is that if someone is to take on the "role" of critic, then it is their responsibility to get out there and see the films. Not just see the films that come deliverred to their door. Yes, it might not be fair to the smaller films, but hey life isn't fair.

As far as the critics association not having an awards ceremony. Who cares. For most people the only awards ceremony that matters are the Oscars. - maybe peoples choice? any others?

Another thought. - Aren't the critics dependent upon media (and are the media themselves in a way) It seems not having a show only hurts them. Like CNN not doing the news because someone didn't make it easy for them to gather.

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